1950. The battle for Los Angeles is in full swing. Now the Los Angeles Family has one goal: kill Mickey Cohen. They decide to bomb him at home one more time. This time they pack thirty sticks of dynamite into one large pipe, creating a kind of homemade Bangalore Torpedo (a special bomb that was used in battle to breach barbed wire, mine fields and bunkers). They concoct a two-fuse system to avoid the fuse failure they encountered last time they attempted to bomb Mickey.
made guy drives Sam Bruno to Mickey’s neighborhood to deliver the bomb.
Sam quietly removes the grating that covers the crawl space beneath
the house. He crawls on his belly until he believes he’s under Mickey’s
bedroom. He places the bomb and unspools both fuses as he crawls back
to exit. He pulls out his zippo lighter and lights both fuses before
making his exit at 4:00am. At 4:15am, February 6, 1950 the bomb goes
blast left a hole in Mickey’s wall six feet high, and a hole in
Mickey’s floor ten feet deep. It shattered windows in neighboring
homes. Mickey's bed was briefly airborne with Mickey along for the
ride. When it was over, Mickey was shaken but unharmed. One more time
luck was on Mickey’s side. Sam had placed the bomb under a concrete box
built to hold a safe. It deflected the blast down and then outward so
the bulk of the energy was expended away from Mickey’s bedroom. What
really bothered him was that the blast had destroyed many of his prized
Bruno was angry that he had failed to kill Mickey. He decided to use a
shotgun to blast Mickey once and for all. He had Carmen drive him to a
street just before Mickey’s. He waited in some bushes on the side of
the road with a shotgun loaded with double aught buckshot. Mickey was
on his way home alone after a long night. He was whistling a tune as he
turned to go up his street when Sam let go with both barrels. The
buckshot smashed through the door of the car, shattered the car windows,
but drew no blood. Mickey accelerated down the block to his house.
Once again he was shaken, but miraculously unharmed.
luck cannot be explained. It was almost mythical. A lot of people
over the years have attributed the LA family’s failure to kill Mickey
Cohen to incompetence.
really is hard to kill someone who knows they are going to be killed.
Lets look back at last week’s Valentine’s Day Massacre post. There was
Al Capone, the head of the Chicago Outfit during Prohibition, who had
an ongoing war with Bugs Moran. He killed all of Bugs’ associates and
launched one final assault against Bugs on February 14th, 1929. Capone
killed seven men, but Bugs escaped again. Capone and his many men were
never able to kill Bugs.
lucky criminal was Jack "Legs" Diamond, a New York Bootlegger. He was
moving booze in Manhattan during Prohibition. Dutch Shultz, then a very
powerful Harlem-based gangster, decided he wanted Legs dead. He tried
to kill him for many years. He failed to do so at least five different
to Mickey. The last big strike the LA Family made against Mickey was
aimed instead at his lawyer, Sam Rummel. Sam was the lawyer of choice
for many LA Gangsters. He was juiced in at City Hall. He was the guy
who could put the fix in with the right person. He also used to let
LAPD know when Mickey was going out so he had protection. The LA Family
decided to take Sam out. Jimmy Frattiano was put in charge of the hit.
He was told to use Angelo Polizzi and Carlo Licata as the shooters.
Angelo would be the shooter and Carlo would be back up shooter and get
away driver. Jimmy would be driving the crash car followed by Nick
Licata in a second crash car. Angelo was dropped off nearby Sam’s home
at 2600 Laurel Canyon Blvd. He hid behind a tree with a sawed off
shotgun where he had a perfect view of Sam’s front steps. The home was a
Villa with a steep set of stairs from the garage to the house above.
It was 1:30am on December 11, 1950. Sam parked his car and took two
steps up towards his front door. Angelo, now using the tree as a rest,
fired both barrels, striking Sam in the neck and back. He was flung
forward, where he lay on the steps dying as Carlo Licata skidded to a
halt on the curb. Angelo jumped in the passenger seat and they made
would be the final shot in the war on Mickey Cohen. The LA Family
failed to kill him, but managed to put a dent in his connections. He
would soon after be sent away to prison by the IRS in 1951 and then
again in 1961 when he was sent to Alcatraz and he was beat in the head
with a pipe. The beating forced Mickey into a wheelchair for the rest
of his life. He would die in his sleep on July 29, 1976. Jack Dragna
would live another six years after Mickey ceased to be a factor in Los
Angeles Organized Crime until February 23, 1956, when he died of a
heart attack. Jack Dragna was never touched by Mickey Cohen, Bugsy
Seigel or any other hood as many of these bad Hollywood writers like to
Los Angeles Family of La Cosa Nostra was still a player in the national
criminal underworld. They were invited and even attended the 1957
Apalachin mob convention, represented by the new boss Frank Desimone and
his underboss, together with Cosa Nostra bosses from all over the
Los Angeles Cosa Nostra continued on through the decades. They would
reach their peak in the late 60's and early 70's. Pete Milano took
control of the family in the 1984 after Dominic Brooklier aka Jimmy
Regace died. Pete would revamp the family and try to enlarge it with
the help of the Fiato's also known as the Gangster Brothers. Pete would
try again in the late 90' s to make some moves. He tried to get things
going in Las Vegas only to be taken down in Operation Thin Crust and
Operation Button Down. That is a little preview of what I will write
about in the future. Until then I will keep up the stories from Old Los